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Career roadmap: How a mobile developer found his calling

Sharon Florentine | March 17, 2016
Chris Turner is now a successful mobile developer for a home automation and application development company. But his career path took some unexpected turns along the way.

When Sage searches for developers, he's looking for a solid combination of technical and soft skills backed up by real-world, on-the-job examples of success. While he believes a four-year degree is important, he relies much more on evaluating the projects a developer has worked on and the portfolio of projects they can showcase, as well as their ability to work cross-functionally with other departments.

"I want to see examples of your actual work. It's difficult when you're new to the industry to have that, but many schools are helping by adding real-world projects into the curriculum -- that's fantastic. But also, you must have the ability to work cross-functionally, to communicate effectively about how technology is driving business; you've got marketing coming in and driving IT and software development, you've got business analysts, executives. You have come out of that cube and work collaboratively with other departments now," Sage says.

That's the part of his job that Turner likes best, he says. As a mobile developer with experience talking about technology and demonstrating its usefulness to clients, he's got a breadth and depth of skills that are key in today's IT industry.

"What I do is really unique. I'm not only writing code for a backend system, but I'm helping to design and capture the user experience through an interface. That's my absolute favorite part -- to talk to users and figure out how they see things, how they need technology to work, and then thinking about how to make that beautiful, intuitive and seamless. It's amazing," Turner says.

 

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